When I was taught how to teach kids vocabulary, I was told to just preview it in a story or assign it with a list of spelling words. If you’ve done this as well, then I know that you know students will learn these for the week (barely) and then these words will never been seen or heard from again.
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If you have your own list of words and you’re just needing a way to make them stick, keep reading to see if the daily format I used can work for you too! In my class vocabulary instruction was just 10 minutes of less a day.
Here’s the format I used: You can grab a free week here to try it out. This format can be used with any words you want!
Day 5: Show the pictures again. Ask students if anyone remembers what the words mean. Review the definitions. Review any motions or actions from the previous day. By now, your students should have an understanding of each word. Read them each of the writing prompts and allow them to choose one prompt to answer. Allow students to share their writing with partners or even with the whole class.With my first grade class and son, I had them answer the questions orally. We only had 10 minutes each day so discussing instead of writing worked best for us!
*For any students that are struggling with this, work with them in a small group while the other students work independently. Pick one prompt, review the definition, and plan with students how to answer the question. Write with them and help them use the word in their writing.
*For students that master the words quickly, challenge them to make their own sentences, poems, or stories using the words and invite them to share with their peers. Challenge them to create a game that will teach their peers who still need help.
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I have been teaching elementary students for over 10 years. Effective reading instruction and accurate social studies at the primary level are huge passions of mine!
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